Winter Rural News now online

The latest edition of Rural News is now available to download from our Blog.

In this edition learn about running an effective integrated rabbit control program, financial support for rural landowners, ripping to break up compacted soil prior to revegetation, the dangers of grazing too heavily following autumn rains, and how you can be involved in shaping Whittlesea’s water future.

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All rural landowners in Whittlesea will receive a copy in the mail. Contact Mark Williams (mark.williams@whittlesea.vic.gov.au, or call 9217-2471) to receive a hard copy.

New Deer Mapping Resource in FeralScan

Many of our rural landholders have expressed interest in monitoring Deer impacts on their properties which will assist with upcoming targeted Deer control programs in the north east of the municipality. Read more about Councils Pest Animal Management Program in Rural News here and in a November blog post here. Please see below updates from the FeralScan team:

FeralScan can now be used to record deer in your local area.

Throughout 2018, we received feedback from many community-groups and landholders about deer populations and the problems they are causing, including browsing damage to orchards, damage to vineyards and gardens, grazing pressure on farms, damage to revegetation programs, damage to fences and farm infrastructure, and motor vehicle collisions (a serious risk to human safety).

In response to this, we have recently developed the DeerScan community resource (available within FeralScan, and via https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.deerscan.org.au&umid=2168678b-1ba7-4889-bbbe-85226593faf1&auth=5c8878f5a6627512371ed70e7aaa571aa249563a-bc2b11732742cab31b417a99d2902d6fab8f7e58 to provide you with a method to easily report sighting and problems with deer. You can record information about any of the 6 deer species currently in Australia, and this information can be supplied to local biosecurity authorities to help with deer management. If you would like to report deer problems, please use the FeralScan website (https://www.feralscan.org.au/), or download the updated App onto your smartphone. Information you record about deer in your local area will be managed securely and discretely. Please visit the website to find out more.

Lastly, on behalf of the FeralScan team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. It has been a great pleasure working with you throughout 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to FeralScan – which now contains over 125,000 records and photographs of pest animals. This information is helping communities and local organisations to reduce the problems caused by pest animals through coordinated best-practice pest management.

Best wishes 

Peter West and the FeralScan Team

Any information you can contribute will help to manage this species.

 

Funding Opportunity: Deer, Fox, Rabbit Control

Got a rabbit problem? Join the club.

Deer made themselves at home on your block? You’re not alone.

Fox patrolling your place at night? We’re listening.

Council is showing it’s support for landowners by rolling out a 3-year pest animal management program, funded with the support of the Victorian Government. You may have read all about it in our latest Spring edition of the Rural Newsletter, which can be found here.

If you’d like to see on-ground action, we want to hear from you and your neighbours. Tell us what your pest animal issue is, what you’re currently doing and/or how you’d like to get involved in the program.

Jane and Katherine from the Land Management and Biodiversity Team will host a community drop-in session next week, where you can come at any time to chat about the project. There’ll be plenty of information on pest animals, control options, monitoring and the project area. Details below, we look forward to seeing you then.

What: Community Drop-in Session, Pest Animal Management program

Where: Church Street Park, Church Street Whittlesea,

When: Wednesday 5 December from 9:30am

Landcare Grants Available

National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants

The program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.

Applications close at 11:30 pm AEDT on 11 January 2019.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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Demonstration Day: Blackberry Control Techniques

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 Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (W&SBAG)

Present

‘Demonstrating Effective Blackberry Control Techniques’

 Date: Saturday 6th October- 9.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Eden Park

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Demonstration activities:

Drone spraying demonstration– Advanced UAV

Mulcher demonstration– Indigenous Design Environmental Services

Demonstrating the use of a spray rig– Chris Coburn –W&SBAG project officer

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Information on current weed programs

RSVP by the 3rd October. Essential for location and catering purposes.

Contact Barton Roberts 0409 332 258 / vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au

2019 Environmental Works Program: Applications Open 1 September

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Is your property greater than two hectares and zoned for rural land use? If yes, then you are eligible to apply for Council’s Environmental Works Grant Program 2019.

The Environmental Works Grant Program provides a financial incentive for rural landholders to protect and enhance Whittlesea’s biodiversity. Grants of up to $1500 are available for:

  • Fencing projects which permanently protect remnant vegetation from livestock
  • Fencing and planting around farm dams
  • Revegetation projects including shelterbelt establishment
  • Environmental weed control within areas of remnant vegetation.

Apply online: Details of the Program’s guidelines and the online application form can be accessed at Council’s website http://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au (key word search “Environmental Works Grant”)

Contact: Jane Juliff, Landcare Facilitator on 0417 127 841 or jane.juliff@whittlesea.vic.gov.au for more information or to discuss a project idea.

Applications close 30 November 2018.

 

The ‘Fast Break’ Climate e-newsletter

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The Fast Break e-newsletter, produced by Agriculture Victoria (AgVic), details monthly climate driver activity and provides a three-month summary prediction of rainfall and temperature for Victoria.

Read the latest Fast Break Newsletter for Victoria and subscribe to receive it direct to your inbox, HERE.

Dale Grey, seasonal risk agronomist with the AgVic Grains team based in Bendigo has been working in the industry for two decades and produces the Fast Break newsletter. You can watch Dale in action discussing climate and seasonal outlooks for Victoria by subscribing to the Very Fast Break YouTube channel.